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Hawaii's Annual Events & Festivals

The Festive Islands of Aloha

Dive deep into Hawaii’s local community and you’ll discover a culture alive with paniolo (cowboys), Chinese dragons, ethnic festivals, culinary events and an exotic collection of celebrations. Throughout the year, you’ll also encounter parades, street parties, food and craft fairs, concerts and family activities that honor every aspect of Hawaii’s diverse culture.


Annual Events

Many of Hawaii’s most memorable celebrations occur annually. Some, like the Honolulu Marathon(December) and the Hawaii International Film Festival (October), draw visitors and participants from around the globe. Others, like Oahu’s Prince Lot Hula Competition (July) or the Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (October) on Kauai and the statewide King Kamehameha Celebration (June) are primarily local occasions. These events have a strong allure for visitors who want to get an authentic glimpse of Hawaii during their trip.


Food Festivals

Events that feature local foods and agricultural products attract both locals and visitors. The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu (October) and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June) on Maui are long-running culinary events, hosting world-class chefs, winemakers and master sommeliers for thousands of wine and food lovers. The Island of Hawaii’s Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November) celebrates all things coffee and includes nearly 50 events over 10 days. Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival (October) highlights al things cacao and coffee industries of Kauai.

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Dec 19 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert -  Gift of the Ancestors
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Gift of the Ancestors

Occurs on: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 21 2018
Island of Peace
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert - Your Island of Peace

Occurs on: Friday, December 21, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

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  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 21 2018
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Oahu

Hawaii Open Presented By Hawaii Tourism Authority

Occurs between: Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, 11:00am - 6:00pm
Summary

The Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority is a three-day men's and women's professional tennis tournament held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Tournament action begins Friday, December 21, and features top-ranked tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours, with six male and [...]

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  • Contact Name: Kyla Goldsmith
  • Contact Organization: Hawaii Open
Dec 21 2018
The Nutcracker Ballet - A Holiday Classic
Hawaii

The Nutcracker Ballet - A Holiday Classic

Occurs between: Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018, 6:00pm - 2:00pm
Summary

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet”. This delightful holiday classic showcasing our dancer’s talents will be performed at Kahilu Theatre on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6pm and Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2pm. A full orchestra [...]

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  • Contact Name: Virginia Holte
  • Contact Organization: West Hawaii Dance Theare
Dec 21 2018
Generations @ the MACC: An Acoustic Evening with Pat Simmons Sr. & Pat Simmons Jr.
Maui

Generations @ the MACC: An Acoustic Evening with Pat Simmons Sr. & Pat Simmons Jr.

Occurs on: Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summary

Pat Simmons Sr. is an original member of the Doobie Brothers. Pat Simmons Jr. has grown up with music - on Maui, in California, and around the world - on tour with his dad! The ability of the Doobie Brothers’ music to connect with the essentials of people’s lives in tuneful, affecting songs has [...]

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  • Contact Name: Carin
  • Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Dec 22 2018
The San Diego State Aztecs Claim the 2016 Trophy!
Oahu

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Occurs between: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Summary

The 2018 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be held Dec. 22, 23 & 25 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will celebrate its tenth year in 2018. Returning NCAA Tournament teams Bucknell, Rhode Island and TCU headline a stellar field that [...]

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  • Contact Name: Daryl Garvin
  • Contact Organization: ESPN Events
Dec 22 2018
Dec 22 2018
The 2016 Hawai'i Bowl Championship and Runner Up Trophies
Oahu

Hawaii Bowl

Occurs on: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Summary

The Hawai'i Bowl, Hawai'i's holiday tradition, will be played at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m. local time and televised nationally on ESPN. Celebrating its 17th year in 2018, the Hawai'i Bowl will pit a team from Conference-USA against a team from the Mountain West. Last year, [...]

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  • Contact Name: Daryl Garvin
  • Contact Organization: ESPN Events
Dec 23 2018
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele - Tour of the Islands
Kauai

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele - Tour of the Islands

Occurs on: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty
Dec 25 2018
Princeville Community Center
Kauai

Hanalei Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concert

Occurs on: Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Summary

Award winning traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar & ukulele concert featuring songs & stories telling its history. Gift Drawing. Family Friendly. Tickets $25 ($20 Ages 13-19 & 50+; $10 Ages 6-12). Audience rating 18+ yrs is 99.3% "Excellent, Highlight of our trip!".

This concert will [...]

Contact Info
  • Contact Name: Sandy
  • Contact Organization: Aloha Plenty